Sustainability Plan – UPDATE

The 2017 Sustainability Plan Update draft language is now available for public comment! Please follow this link to the Plan Framework and click on the topics you are interested in reading.  Draft language is available in both PDF and Word.

What happens next is for you to say …

Our annual Sustainability Town Hall on April 19th, 2016 marked the official start of a new, collaborative process to rewrite the citywide Sustainability Plan together with the citizens of Baltimore. Our current plan was adopted in 2009, and although it was an excellent plan for the time, much has changed on the ground and in our communities over the last six years. We need concrete metrics, a broader definition of what sustainability means, and greater attention paid to issues of equity and inclusion.

Be a part of the process by sharing what’s important to you now and for the future. You can also tell us how you’re making a difference by sharing your stories with us through our #EveryStoryCounts campaign. Sustainability is about us — about what all of us do together to make our communities and our city stronger — and your story counts.

We’re very lucky to have strong ties with Baltimore’s communities through the Baltimore Commission on Sustainability and various other forums and partnerships. But we know that one of the best ways to connect with people and learn what they’re doing and what they need is to empower experts and leaders from those communities to take the lead. They are the ones best placed to spread the word and listen to what their friends and neighbors have to say. That’s why we’re encouraging people to help get their neighborhoods involved in making sure the new sustainability plan reflects what’s most important to all our citizens.

Our priority in this process and for the plan is equity. We want to make sure every story and every voice truly counts. We will focus on our most vulnerable, historically disinvested neighborhoods by leveraging new and existing initiatives and funding sources to help improve conditions where the most severe racial inequities exist. We will address the many facets of racial inequity across the city as well as class, disability, and age discrimination. We will aim to institutionalize issues of equity into the core workings of city government planning and implementation. Not only will this improve improve sustainable land use, biodiversity, energy efficiency, resiliency, and the overall economic climate of the city, it’s also simply the right thing to do.

Process Timeline:

April-May ’16 – Ambassador recruitment and training
June-August ’16 – Ambassador outreach and information gathering
September-December ’16 – Community meetings and feedback
January-March ’17 – Plan development
April-Summer ’17 – Comments and revisions
Fall ’17 – Plan release